Dashavatar

A video essay based on a choreography research by Bhabananda


The Island of Majuli is situated in Assam, North East India, in the middle of the Brahmaputra river. For more than 500 years, their way of life and a tradition have been protected from the outside world. Today, the island is slowly crumbling under the rising waters, and their way of life threatened by modernity. Once farmers, monks now turn to shop keeping and performing for tourist as way to survive, jeopardising their spiritual practice. Bhabananda still believes there is a place for Sattriya Dance and Sankaradeva's philosophy in society, even if that might drive him to look further than the walls of the monastery.